2016

January

  • John le Carre, Our Game (1995)
  • Peter Hopkirk, Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire (1994)
  • Peter Balakian, The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (2003)
  • Rob Ferguson, The Devil and the Disappearing Sea: Or, How I Tried to Stop the World’s Worst Ecological Catastrophe (2003)
  • Tom Bissell, Chasing the Sea: Lost among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia (2003)

February

  • Lutz Kleveman, The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia (2003)
  • Artyom Borovik, The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist’s Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan (1990)
  • Steve Coll, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004)

March

  • Linda Svendsen, Sussex Drive (2012)
  • Shawn Colvin, Diamond in the Rough (2012)
  • Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang, The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007)
  • Kevin Patterson and Jane Warren, Outside the Line: The War in Afghanistan in the Words of its Participants (2007)
  • Tom McCarthy, Remainder (2005)
  • Ahmed Rashid, Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (2009)
  • Fred Wah, Diamond Grill (1996)
  • Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Children of Air India (2013)
  • Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation (2014)
  • Alan Furst, Blood of Victory (2002)

April

  • Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan (2012)
  • Jessica Hopper, Then First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (2015)
  • Don DeLillo, The Names (1982)
  • Graeme Smith, The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (2013)
  • Benjamin Black, The Silver Swan (2008)

May

  • Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2011)
  • Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron (2003)
  • Jennifer Egan, Look At Me (2001)
  • John R Stilgoe, Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places (1998)
  • Marian Engel, Bear (1976)
  • Larry Pynn, Last Stands: A Journey through North America’s Vanishing Ancient Rainforests (1999)
  • Kasuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (2005)
  • Alan Hollinghurst, The Folding Star (1994)

June

  • William Gibson, The Peripheral (2014)
  • ed. Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism (2007) John Branch, Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard (2014)
  • Mike McGonigal, Loveless (2007)
  • Ben Watt, Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (1996)
  • George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013)

July

  • John Updike, Rabbit, Run (1960)
  • John le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)
  • Jan Morris, Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress (1973)
  • John le Carre, Our Kind of Traitor (2010)
  • Jennifer 8 Lee, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the Wold of Chinese Food (2008)

August

  • Carol Shields, The Box Garden (1977)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest (1972)
  • Margaret Atwood, Surfacing (1972)
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door (1973)
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)
  • Jane Rule, After the Fire (1989)
  • Susan Orlean, Saturday Night (1990)
  • Jeff Vandermeer, Authority (2014)
  • Salim Jiwa and Donald Hauka, Margin of Terror: A Reporter’s Twenty-year Odyssey Covering the Tragedies of the Air India Bombing (2006)
  • Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby (2013)
  • Joan Didion, Political Fictions (2001)
  • Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls (2013)

September

  • Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 (2001)
  • Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains (2010)
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital (1995)
  • John Motavelli, Bamboozled at the Revolution: How Big Media Lost Billions in the Battle for the Internet (2002)
  • Michael Harris The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (2014)

October

  • Nora Young, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives are Altering the World Around Us (2012)
  • Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur (2007)
  • Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook (2009)
  • Andy Greenberg, This Machine Kills Secrets: Julian Assange, the Cypherpunks, and the Fight to Empower Whistleblowers (2012)
  • Kristin Hersh, Dont Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt (2015)
  • ed. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey, State by State: 50 Writers on 50 States (2009)
  • Mark Stein, How the States got their Shapes (2008)

November

  • John Updike, Rabbit Redux (1971)
  • Thomas Pynchon, Vineland (1990)
  • Alice Munro, Runaway (2004)
  • Daphne Carr, Pretty Hate Machine (2011)

December

  • ed. Michael Hingston, 2016 Short Story Advent Calendar (2016)
  • Sean Body, Wish the World Away: Mark Eitzel and the American Music Club (1999)
  • Karen Klugman, Jane Kuenz, Shelton Waldrep, and Susan Willis, Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (1995)
  • Carol Shields, Happenstance (1982)
  • Alain de Botton, A Week at the Airport (2009)
  • Andrew Ross, The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Values in Disney’s New Town (1999)

Of 77 books in total, I read:

  • 29 Fiction (38%) / 48 Non-Fiction (62%)
  • 27 Novels / 2 Short Story collections
  • 9 Memoirs
  • 12 re-reads

By decade of initial publication:

  • 1960s – 2
  • 1970s – 9
  • 1980s – 3
  • 1990s – 14
  • 2000s – 28
  • 2010s – 21

By gender:

  • 52 Men (67%) / 29 Women (38%)

By country of origin:

  • Canada – 20 (26%)
  • US – 41 (53%)
  • UK – 11 (14%)
  • Other – 5 (1 Germany; 1 Russia; 1 Pakistan; 1 Ireland; 1 South Africa) (7%)
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